Feyenoord topped up with confidence after Vitesse 

Ronald Koeman watched on with satisfaction as his squad played a game to round off Friday training, which was held behind closed doors. The coach saw a much more confident set of players than has been the case in recent weeks. That has much to do with last Sunday’s win against Vitesse, which ended a run of three games in which Feyenoord failed to hit the heights and looked a little rundown. ‘Both the players and the team needed a good performance like that after a number of less good games,’ said Koeman at De Kuip press conference on Friday afternoon.

Importantly, the win against Vitesse kept Feyenoord in the hunt for the runners-up spot in the Eredivisie. Koeman’s side have the same number of points as PSV, but a far inferior goal difference. Even so, Koeman is convinced that nine points from the last three games will be enough to claim second place. One reason is that PSV still have to travel to Enschede for the last game of the season. ‘Twente have something to win by stopping PSV from finishing second,’ said Koeman. 

That’s all in the future of course. For now, Feyenoord’s most important game is always the next one, and this Sunday sees the visit of Heracles. De Kuip is already sold out, but the Almelo outfit will be able to enjoy the occasion. With last week’s 4-0 beating of RKC Waalwijk Peter Bosz’s side all but guaranteed they will be playing in the top division again next season. ‘Heracles will be able to play without fear,’ Koeman acknowledged. ‘They normally like to attack, but they have had some beatings due to the way they play.’

Kostas Lamprou and Jean-Paul Boëtius, who both missed last week’s game through injury, remain unavailable against Heracles. John Goossens came in for Boëtius against Vitesse to the full satisfaction of the coach. John was involved in several dangerous moves, especially in the first half,’ he said. ‘He brings something different to the position than Cissé or Boëtius do. John is not as fast, but he is more steadfast in his game. Sometimes he plays as a fourth midfielder and an opponent has to respond to that.’
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